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GIST is a Global
Distribution Systems (GDS)/Computer Reservations Systems (CRS) based
will ideally fetch* PNR/booking files
data, filter, format,
compile taxes/fares, save, present in UI to edit it, prorate airline fares
and print PNR/non PNR (edited)
data on tickets & other stationary, utilizing
commonly available printers to eliminate manual intervention that leads to
minimization of errors and increase productivity of traveling agents,
airport and vendorsí staff to offer greater value to the end travelers.
TO UTILIZE GIST
WITH ALL GDS/CRS AND
THEIR VENDORS TO ELIMINATE MANUAL INTERVENTION FROM
ANY TYPE OF DOCUMENT UNDER USE OF GDS INDUSTRY AND RELATED AREAS.
GIST will be designed to
offer invincible value to the travel agents, airport and vendor staff. It
will be a Windows based application that on later stage will interface with
the GDS/CRS systems and automates the printing* of any form of
tickets/stationary/documents, which are originally being manual write. This
enables the travel agents, airport and vendor staff to edit data, save it locally and preview
in WYSIWYG mode before printing. The elimination of manual
intervention would lead to minimization of errors on the part of the end
GIST, in the absence
of a domestic BSP, will become a auto ticketing solution that enhance the
productivity of travel agent partners and agent will also deliver key sales
data to the airlines, on a desired time basis, through automatic MIS
reports. Yes, GIST will also facilitate the generation of MIS reports for
the airline including Airline Sales Reports which lists the entire gamut of
sales information for a particular period, Agency Sales Reports that will
list all airline sales made by a particular single traveling agency, User
Sales Reports which list all airline sales made by a specific user.
GIST will support
vendors like Airlines, Hotels, Railways, Rent-A-Car and Cruises etc.
GIST will ideally help following document manipulation:
XOs - Exchange Orders (for getting tickets from airline, GSAs or other
MCOs - Miscellaneous Cash Order (for excess baggage and other stuff),
Departure Tax Voucher,
Boarding Passes and much more.
Covering all of this
itself is a huge tasks as each of such document may has tens (and sometimes
hundreds) of different formats. To understand this, one must understand that
how many vendors like airlines, hotels, rent-a-car, railways and cruises are
around and each one with its different documents format? Other then these
documents GIST will also address airports and other stations related
documents, cards and vouchers, again with multiple formats.
GIST, to cover all
highlighted areas uses a simple approach to break the operation into two
pieces i.e. one to build formats and second to fetch*, filter, present, edit,
enter, save and print data utilizing already built formats. As we have not
decided yet that how the two parts will be presented in the application and
what names do we suggest, letís assume that the former is FieldSetter and
later is DocumentFurnisher.
Product description as we can see it at
this initial stage and is subject to change:
Typically a form
designer application that may or may not present all fields available in
PNR/booking filesí record and lets user place those fields (by drag &
drop or manually entering x-y) at desired coordinates over a document
surface. Document surface is a scanned image of the document in actual
Few fields though
present in document formats like tickets but not present in PNR records,
so could be created manually. GIST team will try its best to standardize
any unavailable fieldsí names and to create as much as formats possible
A PNR/Booking file
record typically contains all fields for airline, rent-a-car, railway,
cruise etc. in a single record but not necessarily and thus fields present over document
or may not be found in PNR/Booking file's record, and if not then can be manually
generated and entered by the end users.
Due to the
diversified nature of PNR/Booking file record, FieldSetter application will help
managing vendors, vendor types, map vendors to vendor types and PNR
record/non PNR fields to their vendorsí types.
GDS/CRS vendors provide
mediocre application programming interfaces (APIs) that when integrates with
third party applications (like GIST) help download PNR/booking file
records from their worldwide central databases locations.
Because of the
factor that GDS
mediocre application programming interfaces (APIs) are proprietary and not available
for free and we may not have enough funds to buy them initially, we will
create our own fields and will utilize them in GIST.
WE HOPE THAT
SOMEDAY GDS/CRS VENDORS WILL UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF GIST AND FOR THE
GESTURE OF GENEROSITY THEY WILL DONATE US ONE COMPLEMENTARY LICENSE OF
MEDIOCRE APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACES (APIS) TO USE WITH GIST IN ORDER TO HELP THE
GDS/CRS COMMUNITY AND MAKE US ENABLE TO REACH OUR AIM TO UTILIZE GIST
WITH ALL GDS/CRS VENDORS TO ELIMINATE MANUAL INTERVENTION FROM
ANY TYPE OF DOCUMENT UNDER USE OF GDS/CRS INDUSTRY AND RELATED AREAS.
mediocre application programming interfaces (APIs) are available to use with GIST, we will map original PNR/Booking
fields to those already under use or originally created by GIST team.
GIST eliminates the
need to hand write tickets. In addition to the pre FieldSetter designed
formats which will be supplied with the base product, FieldSetter allows the
user to design formats which are then stored on the user PC. The PNR/Booking
information is then automatically retrieved* by DocumentFurnisher, insert an airline ticket or any document
into the printer (preferred printer is of flat bed type) and hit the Print
key. Next thing you know, you are looking at a smartly printed ticket or any
document and there is a record of it on your computer.
logic behind the DocumentFurnisher operations is as follows:
Retrieves* the booking or
type in manually
Complete the ticketing/document information,
Print preview your document in WYSIWYG mode,
Issue the printing instructions.
you really work with only three steps at the most. With practice, a user
will manage to issue tickets/other documents within seconds from just two
Other Features are:
Airline Tickets, Hotel Vouchers, Rent-A-Car Vouchers, Railway Vouchers,
Cruise Vouchers, XOs - Exchange Orders (for getting tickets from
airline, GSAs or other travel agents), Invoices, MCOs - Miscellaneous
Cash Order (for excess baggage and other stuff), Departure Tax Voucher,
Embarkation Card, Disembarkation Card, Boarding Passes and much more,
Manual and BSP
Can handle many passengers and conjunction tickets per booking file/PNR,
A single ticket can be printed in parts, i.e.
you can leave few fields in first print and can print them later by
inserting same ticket again in the printer or print a field that somehow
got missed in first printing, or as a whole in one go,
In case the ticket stationary has more segments than the booking,
depending on the market requirement, VOID segments can be printed first
or at the end of the actual segments,
For BSP printing, printing ticket no. is mandatory and for manual
stationary ticket nos. are already printed. So, you may chose not to
print nos. on the ticket,
Browse through sales data in the database or view a formatted and
If booking information carries an airport change, DocumentFurnisher will
pick up both the airports by default and show the itinerary. You may
chose to show only second airport instead of both (i.e. KHI-LGW-KHI only
on KHI-LHR-LGW-KHI case),
System will be password protected to reduce any abuse or mishandling.
Will be backup enabled and backups could be taken on period, daily,
monthly, yearly or all data basis,
general printing scheme for many of the printers will be defined but
user can also personalize the fonts and other printer settings,
DocumentFurnisher will come ready-to-run, complete with an accurate
vendor (Airlines, Railways, Rent-A-Car, cruises etc.) and city
(airports) data, having both code and name fields. If required,
user can chose to update this data either manually using buttons or
download* updated data directly from GDS/CRS (if
mediocre application programming interfaces (APIs) is
Will be well responsive and informative be an adjunct to the user
Will be able, if desired, to post a comment (to be edited by
before hand) over booking file/PNR in GDS/CRS to show and have record that
printing is done by DocumentFurnisher by particular user.
Other Record Locater(s) (RLOC) than available can be added to the
in Airline data section.
Will break fares and taxes automatically and put them in appropriate
places over ticket stationary.
Utilities will include reports, Backup and data erasing. Data will
include Date, Carrier, Passenger, Segments, Value, Tax, Net, Tour,
Commission and remarks etc. Utilities can be manipulated over dates and
Reports could be exported to external format like MS Access, MS Excel,
Text and RTF etc. Reports can be emailed, zoomed and printed.
Will be able to save itinerary/any data
locally for future
reference, later printing or offline browsing.
Will be able to prorate airline ticket fares in a booking file/PNR.
Contribution to the GIST
can be made by providing help in the form of:
suggesting UI up
architecture up gradations.
contributing in code
application to platforms other than Windows.
mediocre application programming interfaces (APIs)
license to integrate that with GIST.
GDS/CRS technical support i.e. for formats, IDs and emulator (the command
spreading a word of
mouth for GIST.
donating money etc.
*Feature of fetching data from GDS/CRS will only be available if mediocre
application programming interfaces (APIs) (OLE/XML form) license will be granted/donated to GIST team by
their respective GDS/CRS vendors.